Hey everybody, my names Austin and I just recently turned 18 in December
. I joined the forum a few days ago and I have been private messaging some people here to learn a little bit about these cars. That's why I still haven't made my first post yet! Anyway, I am selling my current car right now and also working at a grocery store to save up around 10k to be able to buy whatever my next car may be. The main 3 that I have narrowed it down to are a 2005 lotus elise, 2006 c6 corvette, or a 2011 mustang gt. all 3 of them have their own pluses and minuses, so its going to be a difficult choice!
I'd have around the 25k that I am wanting to save up to ( with the sale of my current car included in that of course) by this summer. So the goal is to have my new car before college starts basically. And that's what I'm most worried about with the lotus. I'm just a little worried that some jealous person might do something stupid to it at school. Where as I think a corvette or mustang wouldn't be messed with anywhere near as much.
This car would also be my daily driver for most likely at least the next 4 years. The winters here in Kansas are typically pretty dry. Very little snow typically, just a lot of cold. However if I needed another car to drive for a few days that wouldn't be an issue.
Surpringly all 3 cars are priced right around the same on insurance. With me as the driver for 6k mi a year, it would only be 600 every 6 months for the insurance. And surpringly the corvette is actually the cheapest on insurance there.
I would really like to go and see all of these cars before I buy any of them though, because like I've read so many times on this forum, once you drive them all, you'll know! I've owned 2 mustangs previously, both 2005s, one a v6 and the other a v8, both manuals also. So I have a good idea what the new mustang would be like, still would like to drive one though of course! Not worried about test driving a c6, seeing as how my dad owns a c6 z06. I'm not looking at the z, but the c6 and c6z would be more or less the same on a normal drive. The elise is the one I'm really wanting to check out though. Completely different than anything else out there, and definitely anything else I've ever driven!!
Basically with this thread I just wanted to introduce myself and I also wanted to ask the question of: Do you guys think a student in college owning a lotus elise would just be asking for trouble, especially as a daily driver? Or do you guys think it could be fairly easily done?
Thanks for taking the time to read this and I look forward to getting to know everyone on here, and maybe even join the lotus club!!